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When is a good time to get screened for breast cancer? My grandmother has/had it and she had to get a double hysterectomy.

When is a good time to get screened for breast cancer? My grandmother has/had it and she had to get a double hysterectomy.

Get familiar/aware: Breast self awareness/self examination is advised to all females once they get 20 years old. Once every 3 years, a Clinical breast examination(done by a doctor) is advised. Once you get to 40 years of age, an annual Mammogram(X-ray of the breasts) is recommended. If you find any lump or change in your breast structure or shape, seek medical examination. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast on an annual basis. ...Read more


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Does taking hrt's after hysterectomy always increases your chances for breast cancer and how long do u have be on them before that happens.

Does taking hrt's after hysterectomy always increases your chances for breast cancer  and how long do u have be on them before that happens.

Not always but often: Hrt does increase the chances of breast cancer . No current consensus among medical community on who can safely take hrt and for how long with those chances that are inconsiderable comparing with benefits of hrt. If however you have a family history of breast cancer, or had it before yourself, or you are white or hispanic with low bmi , taking hrt may be a bad idea. See medical oncologist to disc. ...Read more

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1 great aunt breast cancer@ 71 no other history most women had hysterectomy so don't know if ovarian cancer is issue should I get brac tested?

1 great aunt breast cancer@ 71 no other history most women had hysterectomy  so don't know  if ovarian cancer is issue should I get brac tested?

Personal decision: Your history is not a high risk one. You can ask to have genetic counseling with your breast center to see if your are a good candidate for brca gene testing. You can ask your doctor to run it but unfortunately it is pretty expensive. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hysterectomy? Should i remove the ovaries? I had triple positive breast cancer five years ago. Or just have an oblation? I have three week period

Hysterectomy?   Should i remove the ovaries?  I had triple positive breast cancer five years ago.  Or just have an oblation?  I have three week period

Why?: Are you asking because you are concerned about ovarian cancer risk or about reducing the risk of breast cancer recurrence? Either way, more info is needed (stage, treatment, family history, etc.). I suggest you talk to your oncologist and go over the risks of recurrence of the cancer you had, risk of a second breast primary, and risk of ovarian cancer. Best to you. ...Read more

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I am stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 1 yr ago it spread to ovaries and i had hysterectomy. Do i stil need to have yearly papsmears.

I am stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 1 yr ago it spread to ovaries and i had hysterectomy. Do i stil need to have yearly papsmears.

Technically no: I am terribly sorry about your situation. Given that your original diagnosis of breast cancer had nothing to do with hpv or related changes to the cervix, and assuming that you always had normal prior pap smears, then you do not need to have annual pap smears. Obviously, you need pelvic exams at whatever interval your doctor recommended, though. ...Read more

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I have to make a decision on whether to have my ovaries removed during a hysterectomy and do not know what to do. My mom died of breast cancer.

I have to make a decision on whether to have my ovaries removed during a hysterectomy and do not know what to do.  My mom died of breast cancer.

Maybe: Some gene mutations (brca1 and brca2) that run in the family increase risk of breast and ovarian cancer significantly (lifetime risk of breast cancer 50-85% and ovarian cancer 10-40%). In these individuals, oophorectomy is recommended by age 35-40, after childbearing is complete. Ashkenazi jewish women are at increased risk for these mutations. Discuss with your doctor if you need to get tested. ...Read more

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Is mucinous breast cancer linked to ovarian cancer? Had mucinous b.C. In 2006. Need hysterectomy due to fibroid but don't want to give up ovaries.

Is mucinous breast cancer linked to ovarian cancer? Had mucinous b.C. In 2006. Need hysterectomy due to fibroid but don't want to give up ovaries.

Hyst?/oophorectomy: At 49 years old, you have very little use for your ovaries. If you are going to have a hysterectomy done anyway for the bleeding from your fibroids, you should seriously considering removing the fallopian tubes and the ovaries as well. They are sites for future disease. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy at 26 after her 2 positive breast cancer recurrence during pregnancy. I am overweight and need tips to best lose weight please! ?

Walk and weights: The way to lose weight is to "burn" more calories than you eat. 1st- muscle uses more calories at rest than fat, so increasing muscle in the body increases the calories burned all day, every day. Train with situps, pushups, wall sits, and using elastic bands (huge stretchy bands). 2nd - walk! build up to 2-3 miles a day. 3rd-keep track of calories and workouts. Try "my fitness pal" (free app). ...Read more

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Having a robotic hysterectomy what are some non estrogen alternatives for hot flashes also weight gain. history of breast cancer. Recovery time?

Having a robotic hysterectomy what are some non estrogen alternatives for hot flashes also weight gain. history of breast cancer. Recovery time?

Soy, Black Cohosh: All nonestrogen alternatives are non prescription and non FDA approved. Can try but no evidence they work. Lifestyle changes can help, try to avoid triggers of the hot flashes. Recovery time would be about a month ...Read more

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I am on tamoxifen after breast cancer treatment and bilateral mastectomy and now a complete hysterectomy. How much soy in my diet is safe?

I am on tamoxifen after breast cancer treatment and bilateral mastectomy and now a complete hysterectomy. How much soy in my diet is safe?

Soy is fine in mod: We don't have great data on the effects of soy (and phytoestrogens) on breast cancer. We believe that they act like weak Estrogens and may mimic the effects of tamoxifen (thus reducing risk) but in high doses could have negative effects. So it should be safe to eat some soy but avoid large amounts, like in supplements or shakes, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more